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Russell P. Schropp
Stockholder, Managing Attorney - Fort Myers Office

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Russell P. Schropp practices in the areas of Land Use, Zoning, and Environmental Law and serves as Chair of that department. He represents property owners and others before local, regional, state and federal agencies. Russ is a contributor to the firm’s blog, The Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate.

Russ has received much recognition over his legal career. He has been named to Florida Super Lawyers® magazine (2007-2019), Best Lawyers in America® (2011-2020) and Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite (2015-2018), noting his practice in land use and zoning law. Naples Illustrated listed him as a 'Top Lawyer' in 2018 and 2019. Russ has been named the “Land Use & Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year in Fort Myers” by Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2017, including for year 2020.

Russ joined Henderson Franklin in 1984 and currently serves on the firm’s Executive Committee as Managing Attorney. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children, Stefan, Eric and Emma.

Prior to attending law school, he worked as a city planner in Hillsborough County, Florida, and received his Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. While in law school, Russ was a member of the Law Review, and is the author of an article entitled The Reasonableness of Aesthetic Zoning in Florida: A Look Beyond the Police Power, 10 F.S.U.L.Rev. 441.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Russ serves as Chair of the Business Issues Committee of the Horizon Council, the business advisory council to the Lee County Commission. In recognition of his efforts with the Committee, Russ received the Florida Economic Development Council’s Volunteer of the Year award for Southwest Florida in 2013. He is former Chair of the City of Fort Myers Nuisance Abatement Board, and was the founding Chair of the Land Use and Governmental Law Section of the Lee County Bar Association from 2005 to 2015. In prior years, Russ was a member of the board of directors of Hope Hospice (Chair 1993-95); a member of the City of Fort Myers Board of Zoning Adjustments (2001-09); and a member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 20th Judicial Circuit (Chair 1997-98).

A sports fan in general and an avid baseball fan in particular, Russ was a coach and board member for the Fort Myers Little League between 1993-2007, coached several youth travel baseball teams, was a board member and past president of the not-for-profit Southwest Florida Baseball, Inc., and played annually in the Roy Hobbs World Series event held in Lee County every year between 2002-2012. He has also been a youth basketball coach at the Lee County YMCA, served as advisor to the YMCA's Youth-in-Government chapter at Fort Myers High School, and was recognized as the YMCA volunteer of the year.

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  • Undergraduate Degree: Stetson University, B.A.
  • Graduate Degree: Florida State University, M.S., Urban & Regional Planning
  • Law Degree: Florida State University, J.D.
  • Admitted to The Florida Bar 


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